Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams reacted with pride at the "huge honour" of being named new Bafana Bafana captain.
Speaking ahead of their Group G 2022 World Cup qualifier away to Zimbabwe, Williams said it was a huge responsibility to lead the team.
"First of all, it's a major achievement to be part of the team," Williams said.
"I've been part of the set-up now for over eight years. I think I've gained valuable experience over the years, and I've enjoyed my time so far.
"I think it's a massive responsibility for me now to lead, not only the team, but basically I'm leading the entire country now.
"So, it's a massive responsibility, and one that I'm looking forward to, and one that I'm going to make sure that I do my best.
"Obviously, I've got respect from my players and the technical team. I'm proud to be here, and you know with me, you will get consistency, hard work and dedication.
"That's what I will bring to the table."
Williams added that he aims to lead the team towards a period of success after recent high-profile failures.
"The most important thing that we want as a team is a success," Williams added.
"We obviously are still disappointed that we're not at the Afcon, and it's still in the back of my mind because I was part of that team.
"But we need to put that aside now and focus on the World Cup qualifiers, as we want to be there."
Bafana faces Zimbabwe in Harare on Friday, 3 September 2021.
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